Car plunges into Echo reservoir
June 25, 2010
Two people were in good condition Tuesday night after a woman drove a BMW 5 series into Echo reservoir.
The accident happened near Coalville at about 10 p.m., according to Detective Ron Bridge, a spokesman for the Summit County Sheriff’s Office.
The driver’s husband was in a separate vehicle following the car and watched as the vehicle plunged into the water, Bridge said.
"Shortly thereafter he observed the occupants exit the vehicle and swim to shore," Bridge said. "I don’t know if they got out through a window or if they got out through a door, but they were able to exit the vehicle."
Two people who were in the BMW at the time of the crash were transported in an ambulance to Park City Medical Center.
The patients are from the Wasatch Front, Bridge said.
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The car was traveling north on Echo Canyon Road when it left the road near the entrance to the Grassy Creek subdivision, he said.
"There is actually a place near the entrance to Grassy Creek that is kind of an overflow of the reservoir. It is actually on the east side of Echo Dam Road. As the lake fills up, that area retains water," Bridge said. "That area is protected by a guardrail, but there is an entrance to get to Grassy Creek where there is no guardrail, and she happened to have gone right in that driveway and then right off into the water."
The man who witnessed the crash said the driver of the car swerved to miss a "wild animal" in the road, he said.
The car sank into about 25 feet of water, Bridge said.
"It was completely out of sight," he said. "A towing company came to remove it and we provided a diver from the Sheriff’s Office to actually dive for the vehicle and retrieve it."
Emergency responders were treating the patients as deputies arrived, Bridge said.
"There is nothing suspicious, just simply a fluke accident," he said.